How to Make Lavender Perfumes and Cologne

June 16, 2017 Lavender Essential Oil Lavender Flowers Lavender Hydrosols 0

Our customers frequently ask about using lavender essential oils for perfumes and colognes.  It’s a very simple process and it’s easy to create your own distinctive fragrance that won’t be overpowering. So one of the first questions is what is the difference between perfume and cologne?  The simplest answer is that a perfume can contain up to 40% of essential oils.  In general, the more essential oil, the more expensive the fragrance.  A cologne, on… Read more

Have You Tried Lavender as an Herb?

April 9, 2017 Lavender Lavender Flowers 1

Most people think of lavender as a flower that is known for its beautiful fragrance.  But it also has some very nice qualities for culinary uses.  While people can usually describe the scent of lavender; not many can describe the taste. In short, lavender falls into the same type of herbal flavor profile as rosemary, oregano, thyme or marjoram.  In fact a combination of these herbs with lavender is what is commonly referred to as… Read more

How Lavender Essential Oils and Hydrosols are Made

February 24, 2017 Lavender Lavender Essential Oil Lavender Flowers Lavender Hydrosols 0

How lavender essential oil is distilled is an art. It requires the exact amount and type of plant material, pure water, and heat that reaches a precise sustained level.  It also requires a precise timing of the steaming process: too long and the product is weak with off fragrance characteristics; too short and your product is overpowering and you get less of the valuable, soothing hydrosols. Monte-Bellaria uses a copper steam distillation unit that drives… Read more